If you are diabetic, it is critical that you take active control over your eye care – diabetes can cause a vision-threatening illness called diabetic retinopathy (which only affects those living with diabetes).
We offer an eye exam which is designed to:
Been more than 1 year since your last screening? Arrange an eye health exam with our practice asap – you may not notice any symptoms of diabetic eye disease before your vision is quite compromised.
There are certain areas to which we pay particular attention during a diabetic eye exam, and these require specific tests.
If you are diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, then we will help you take your next steps. If it is early, then lifestyle adjustments like dietary changes may help slow its progression. If the condition is already quite advanced, we may have to refer you for more invasive treatments like laser surgery.
Whatever the outcome, your doctor at Nicola Eye Care will be there to help and guide you, whether it’s disease management or learning to live with impaired vision.
Diabetic retinopathy can virtually destroy your vision if left untreated. Screening allows us to diagnose early, which means we can initiate effective treatment and management plans before your vision becomes irrevocably hampered.
Since around 40% of people with diabetes are likely to experience a degree of retinopathy, an eye health exam which reveals no ocular health issues can take a load off your mind, helping you manage the disease with one less thing to worry about.
You can find us on the corner of St Paul St and 3rd Ave. We are 3 blocks down 3rd Ave from Royal Inland Hospital, towards downtown. Our office is across the street from the Telus Store and Stuart Wood school yard (where the summer Farmer’s Market is on Saturdays).